Seahawks look for continued success
Records falling in the fall
St. Mary’s College of Maryland is well into the 2017 fall athletic season and its teams are holding their own as Capital Athletic Conference play slowly gets underway.
In cross country, firstyear runner Lindsey Stevenson set a program record when she crossed the finish line in 13th place in 22 minutes 57.13 seconds at the 29th annual Don Cathcart Invitational Sept. 30 at Salisbury University.
Stevenson’s mark shattered the previous women’s record of 23:34 set by Shannon Rafferty in 2010.
Thanks to Stevenson, who posted her second straight top-20 finish, the Seahawks placed sixth out of 11 teams.
Junior captain Marisa McCormick, a Calvert High School graduate from Prince Frederick, was 19th in 23:25.10.
In the men’s race, James Judlick (44th, 27:57.24) and Thomas McPhaul (59th, 28:21.35) helped pace the Seahawks to an 11th-place finish.
The Seahawks will compete in the Goucher Cross Country Classic on Saturday at Goucher College in Towson.
In field hockey, the Seahawks (6-6, 0-1 CAC) saw their three-game win streak come to an end fol- lowing a 2-0 loss to Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) on Oct. 1.
It was the Seahawks’ first three-game win streak since a seven-game run in 2014.
In the team’s conference opener, a 3-1 win over Frostburg State on Sept. 27, Brooke Steinhoff, Sophie Michel and Mollie Belson each scored once to pace the Seahawks.
Goalie Alyssa Thompson made a career-high 12 saves for St. Mary’s, which led 1-0 at halftime.
On Sept. 18, Michel earned her first CAC field hockey defensive player of the Week award thanks in part to four defensive saves, including a program-record three in a 3-1 win over Susquehanna (Pa.) on Sept. 17.
Head coach Jessica Lanham, a Calvert High School graduate, and the Seahawks will travel to York College (Pa.) on Saturday.
Men’s soccer continues to roll as Alun Oliver’s Seahawks (7-4, 3-0 CAC) has won its last four games after defeating Salisbury 1-0 on Wednesday and outscored its opponents 8-1 during that span.
On Monday, senior goalie Zack Haussler earned his second straight CAC men’s soccer defensive player of the week award after he made three saves and allowed just one goal in a conference win over Frostburg State.
Haussler has a record of 6-1 after Wednesday’s win and led the CAC in save percentage (.826) and goals against average (0.67) before Wednesday. Among 200 ranked NCAA Division III goalkeepers, Haussler ranks 40th (goals against), 57th (save percentage) and 66th (3 shutouts) before Wednesday. Haussler collected his 16th career shutout — and tied Rick Besore (2008) for the program record — following a 1-0 win over Penn State-Harrisburg (Pa.) on Sept. 23.
Goalkeeper Patrick Paolini won the award for the week of Sept. 5.
Oliver reached a milestone of his own Sept. 10 when he won his 50th game as head coach following a 2-1 win over Bridgewater College (Va.) in the St. Mary’s-hosted Seahawk Classic.
Oliver is now the second-winningest head coach in St. Mary’s men’s soccer history, passing former mentor Eric Wagner (49 wins from 200711). Oliver, who is in his seventh season, trails only Herb Gainey, who won 76 games from 2002 to 2010.
Juwan Kearson has a team-high four goals while Emmanuel Oppong has three. Aaron Tanenbaum and Tyler Kurack share the team lead with two assists apiece.
The Seahawks will travel to Marymount (Va.) University on Saturday.
On the women’s pitch, St. Mary’s (2-6-3, 1-1-1 CAC) saw its three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) snap in a 1-0 home loss to Salisbury on Wednesday.
Prior to its current streak, the Seahawks had dropped five straight games, all by a goal and four 1-0 decisions.
Emmey German has four of St. Mary’s 10 goals and Lane Brooks has scored two. Emily Huey has a team-leading two assists for the Seahawks, who were averaging a goal a game heading into the tilt against the Sea Gulls. Goalkeepers Sydney Larkin (.929 save percentage before Wednesday) and Katie Flores (.731) each have one win. First-year forward Hayley Bullis, a St. Mary’s Ryken High School graduate from Leonardtown, has appeared in eight games and has two shots.
The Seahawks play Marymount at 6:30 tonight at Long Bridge Park in Arlington, Va.
On the volleyball court, the Seahawks (3-12, 0-2 CAC) have dropped their last five matches, including four in straight sets.
St. Mary’s had its best stretch of the season when it won two straight matches — 3-1 at College of St. Elizabeth (Pa.) and 3-0 over Lancaster Bible College (Pa.) — and three of five from Sept. 9 to 16.
Team leaders include Marissa Dangler (273 digs, 12 service aces), Meghan Kelley (116 kills) and Mia Griffiths (260 assists). Griffiths is a La Plata graduate from La Plata.
Kyla Hasemeier, a Leonardtown High School graduate from Leonardtown, has three kills and three digs and Renee Wineke, a graduate of The Calverton School from Owings, has two block assists.
The Seahawks have three matches this weekend. They will be at York tonight, Penn State Harrisburg on Saturday and host Eastern Mennonite (Va.) at noon Sunday.
St. Nary’s College of Maryland senior goalkeeper Zack Haussler earned his second straight Capital Athletic Conference men’s soccer defensive player of the week award Oct. 2 after he made three saves and allowed just one goal in a conference win over Frostburg State. Haussler has a record of 6-1 after Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Salisbury and led the CAC in save percentage (.826) and goals against average (0.67).